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Long-serving wardens make local church history
Photo above from left to right. Revd Geoffrey Short, John Burton, Brian Mutch and Michael King.
Two men with long and distinguished records of service to churches in the Sedgefield area have made local church history by being honoured with the title of ‘Churchwarden Emeritus’.
Sunday’s service saw a special presentation to Reader Michael King to mark his hard work and leadership as Lay Chair of both the District Church Council and the Parish Church Council during the years that the Upper Skerne had no Team Rector or Vicar.
Research historian appeals for help
Friends of St Edmund's Church in Sedgefield are being asked to turn detective and help with research into the nephew of a Scot who took part in the 1745 Jacobite rising, was captured at Culloden, imprisoned in London and sentenced to death for treason - but was reprieved at the very last moment.
Researcher Norman Abbot was at St Edmund’s this week looking for any references to William Farquharson who studied in the Durham area and boarded with Dr William Wrightson, surgeon, of Sedgefield, around 1772-4.
William, the nephew of Jacobite supporter Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie, was being tutored at the time by the Revd. William Longstaffe, Vicar of Kelloe, who may also have lived in Sedgefield.
Mr Abbot has undertaken extensive research into the Farquharsons, an important family on Upper Deeside in Aberdeenshire who were based near Braemar.
“I’d love to know if anyone could identify Wrightson’s or Longstaffe’s place of residence in the Sedgefield area,” said Mr Abbot this week.
He’s equally interested in discovering the house on the north side of Old Elvet in Durham where Francis Farquharson lived with his wife, Elizabeth Eyre (who is commemorated in a fine monument in St Oswald’s Church, Durham), from c1766 to 1786.
Some years ago, Mr Abbot did a leaflet drop in Durham to try and identify the house – but without success.
Anyone with information about the Farquharsons, Wrightson or Longstaffe can contact Mr Abbot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footnote: Francis’s sentence of death was commuted to internal exile in southern England which lasted for 20 years, but after eventually regaining his freedom of movement and settling with his wife in Durham, he made annual expeditions back to his native part of Scotland. He was responsible, among other things, for building the first bridge over the River Dee at Ballater near Balmoral.
Church support for
Sedgefield Rangers overseas service appeal
Members of Sedgefield’s Saint Edmund’s Church are busy searching their wardrobes, linen cupboards and children’s toy-boxes to help four teenage members of the local Ranger Guide group make ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ voluntary service trips overseas.
The four have been selected for the international projects next summer by Girlguiding North East England but need to raise around£2000 each towards the cost.
Kate Wallace (left) will do voluntary work in Sri Lanka, Jenny Walker (third left) in Bermuda, and Katelyn Craig (second left) and Abbie Walker (right) will take part in an international camp.
The four have already been hard at work fund-raising and are now hoping to raise around £300 by asking church members and supporters to fill bags with unwanted used clothing, shoes, linen, bedding, towels, curtains and soft toys (excluding duvets, pillows and cushions) which will then be sold to the Bag2School charity.
Bags can be returned to Kate’s mum, Susan, at St Edmund’s Church by e-mailing her at email@example.com or calling her on 07753 470350.
Mrs Wallace said this week: “The girls began fundraising late last year. So far they have hosted a coffee morning, held Christmas stalls, played Christmas carols in Sainsbury’s Supermarket, staged a fashion show with Betty’s Boudoir and done sponsored runs and a swim. They really do deserve all the support they can get.”
Footnote: The next fundraising event by the Rangers will be a Ceilidh on April 27 in the Parish Hall. Tickets cost £12.00 and include a pie and pea supper. There will also be a bar. Tickets are available from Jaiz Hairdressers or from Marie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
St.Edmund's Church, Cross Hill, Sedgefield, Stockton-On-Tees TS21 3AT
Chairman: Dr Alistair Irvine, Neasless Farm, Sedgefield, Stockton on Tees. TS21 3HE
Secretary: Mrs. Alison Hodgson, 18 Hardwick Road, Sedgefield Co Durham TS21 2AL
Treasurer: Mrs. Lynda Clegg, 16 Hardwick Road, Sedgefield, Co Durham TS21 2AL
Membership Secretary: Mr Brian Mutch, 6 Hasledon Grove, Sedgefield, Co. Durham TS21 2JW